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Doppelgänger: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Freud’s The Uncanny
“When all is said and done” Sigmund Freud argued, “all those themes of the uncanny which are most prominent are all concerned with the double”. Few ideas have had more resonance across the arts than Freud’s writing on the uncanny and its fellow traveller, the Double. In 2019, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Freud’s The Uncanny with our symposium Doppelgänger featuring writer Maria Takolander, poet and sound artist David McCooey, and wolfman extraordinaire Peter Arnds. We invite proposals of papers, presentations, and performances that explore the uncanny and its contemporary doubles.
Provocation #2: Scholarship is the New Conservative
Provocations is our annual public forum tackling controversies in the arts and humanities, presented in collaboration with the Sydney Review of Books. This year, join keynote provocateurs Stephen Muecke, Andrew Gibson, Jennifer Rutherford and James Ley to address our Provocation #2: Scholarship is the New Conservative. You don’t have to agree with Joseph North’s contention that the historicist/contextualist paradigm usurped the revolutionary potential of literary criticism to recognise that the radicalising intentions of the 1960s and 1970s now sit comfortably within the “knowledge production” machinery and metrics of the contemporary university (Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History, 2017). This year we invite provocateurs to engage fearlessly with the future of Humanities scholarship.
We are delighted to collaborate with Professor Stephen Muecke, Fulbright Scholar Dan Sherrel and PhD Candidate Ruby Niemann to present the Anthropocene Salon, a new conversation on why and how we live in a changing climate. Designed as a bold space for creativity and debate, a space that encourages intellectual risk-taking and mistake-making, the goal of this Salon is to push the discourse on the Anthropocene into a higher register by placing people from across disciplines into concerted dialogue.
The Anthropocene Salon will take place fortnightly on Wednesday evenings from 27 March to 22 May 2019 at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.
Set in the historic Oratunga sheep station on the traditional lands of the Adnyamathanha people, and featuring a host of eminent scholars and creative practitioners, this five-day winter school examines the art of creative place-making in storied Country. Practice and reflection on practice are encouraged through a programme of solo and group activities. Examples of the 2018 creative output can be discovered on the Oratunga Winter School website. Travel and meals are included in the fees (TBC). Places are limited and a selection process applies. To register your interest, please send a short sample of work and a CV to the centre.
The latest novel by Sean Williams is a radical departure from previous work, exploring hearing loss, hard rock and heartbreak in the context of contemporary Adelaide. Supported by the Australia Council and Arts SA, Impossible Music draws on his experiences as a promising young composer and recent struggles with chronic illness and depression. Helping him celebrate this important release will be an assembly of South Australian luminaries, including artist Thom Buchanan, pianist Gabriella Smart and author Vikki Wakefield. Copies of Impossible Music will be available for sale at the event thanks to Dymocks Adelaide.
To register for this free event, please visit Eventbrite.
Edited by poets Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street, The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) presents contemporary American poetry that illustrates the diversity of human responses to environmental complexity and change. Based on a selection of poems from this anthology, this masterclass with Marlene van Niekerk will interrogate the possibility of a poetics of the Anthropocene. Translations of her own work will complement and open the discussion beyond the American stage; while philosophers Timothy Morton (Ecology Without Nature, 2007) and Michel Serres (The Natural Contract, 1990) will ground it within sensory bodies and expose the ambiguity and contradiction of how we, humans, perceive and construct “Nature.”
To register for this free event and receive preliminary readings, please email the centre.
During her visit to Australia, Marlene will also take part in the 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week. For more details, please check the Adelaide Festival's website.
We are proud to collaborate with Dr. Maggie Tonkin to present Re-creating Two Feet: Meryl Tankard. Just a day after the last performance of her sold-out Adelaide Festival show, acclaimed Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard will show a film of her own performance of Two Feet, shot in the mid-1990s; editing of the film has been made possible through funding from the Jim Bettison and Helen James Award. This will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Maggie Tonkin.
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Public Lecture and Masterclass with Michael Taussig
In his free public lecture chaired by esteemed professor Stephen Muecke, acclaimed anthropologist Professor Michael Taussig will attempt to figure out the mastery of non-mastery. He will pause on Marcel Proust’s alignment of the mimesis between wasp and orchid as consonant with that of the sexual encounter between a baron and a tailor—prelude to his thoughts on inter-species sex, shamanism, and paramilitary massacres as copies chasing copies. Through these pauses, Michael will speculate on the fate of the mimetic faculty in relation to global meltdown and metamorphic sublimity.
Michael will continue on this theme as part of a masterclass the following day; a masterclass that he has designed as an experience of non-mastery: a lively illustration and discussion of his work, expanded through references to Joseph Losey’s film The Servant and Franz Kafka’s short story “The Silence of the Sirens.”
To register for the public lecture, please visit Eventbrite.
To register for the masterclass and receive preliminary readings, please email the Centre.
Michael's visit to Australia is possible thanks to a collaboration with Melbourne and Deakin Universities.
Congratulations for Dr. Maggie Tonkin, who has been shortlisted for the 2019 Hazel Rowley Fellowship for a biography on acclaimed Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard. The Fellowship, established to commemorate the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011), awards $15,000 to an Australian writer to support the writing and research of a biographical work. The winner will be announced during Adelaide Writers’ Week, following the Hazel Rowley Memorial lecture to be given by award-winning author, Maria Tumarkin on Monday 4 March 2019.
The J. M. Coetzee Centre is proud to be collaborating with the School of Humanities to bring University of Adelaide's students the course "Criticism as Intervention: The Fictions of J. M. Coetzee" (#ARTS2004). This course will introduce undergraduate students to the work of J. M. Coetzee, Nobel laureate and Professor at the University of Adelaide, and arguably the world’s greatest living writer. Led by prestigious literary and philosophy scholar Professor Andrew Gibson, students will have a rare opportunity to practice literary criticism as cultural intervention.
This course will focus on J. M. Coetzee’s oeuvre to discuss the politics of critical engagement in regard to the problematic character of contemporary global, neoliberal culture. It will consist of six lectures—six angles of approach to the work of J. M. Coetzee—that will explore the history and possible relevance of an interventionist form of criticism.
Seminars will look closely at the following texts, in order: Homo Sacer (1998) by Giorgio Agamben; Expulsions (2014) by Saskia Sassen; Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History (2017) by Joseph North; Against Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations (2012) by Simon During; Youth (2002), The Life and Times of Michael K (1983), The Lives of Animals (1999); Elizabeth Costello (2003) and The Childhood of Jesus (2013) by J. M. Coetzee. Workshops will be on selected chapters and passages from these books.
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